Thursday, September 13, 2012

Indoor air alert: Feeling queasy? It may be your allergies

Many regions across North America are experiencing a wave of aggressive levels of pollen and mold triggering an onslaught of allergic reactions. Yet, while we're all too familiar with stuffy noses and itchy eyes, allergy sufferers may also be feeling something else.....a little queasy.

There are a surprising number of ways that allergies can bring on the feeling of being nauseated. The first is mucus. Seasonal allergies are triggered by the body's overreaction to an airborne allergen. A by-product of that reaction is mucus production which leads to a runny nose and watery eyes. Excess mucus can also run down the throat and pool in the stomach leaving you with that feeling that something just isn't sitting right.

Going hand in hand with mucus is congestion, or that horrible sensation of being stuffed up with pressure in your face and ears. That increase in pressure can actually put your body off-balance leading to feelings of dizziness and nausea.

Probably the most surprising link between nausea and allergies is fluid loss. The human body naturally loses about 10 cups of fluid per day. Add to that a constantly runny nose and leaky eyes and you may be feeling a little dehydrated which could bring on a sick feeling.

The solution? Up your fluid intake and reduce the number of allergens in your home by leaving your shoes at the door, vacuuming frequently and leaving your HEPA air purifier cranked 24/7.

Don't have an air purifier? AllerAir's Air Medic+ was named best air purifier for particles by the consumer products show Buy.o logic on the OWN network. It's designed to remove up to 99.97% of airborne allergens including pollen, mold spores, dander and dust. It also has a huge activated carbon filter for airborne chemicals - which can also trigger allergies.

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